History is something that molds a society. Part of history is the people and environment of each time period. Some of the most detailed information regarding the past involves military records. Even the most minuscule bit of information can often be identified by military markings. Fold3 is a website which collects and stores military records.
The military is renowned for keeping meticulous records and as such can make finding information easier. Fold3 is the online attempt to accumulate military records and provide access to them along with personal documents, photos and stories of/from those who served. Fold3 not only stores records, but allows those with details to add information to the record. Through personal documentation or scrapbooks, users can contribute to the Fold3 online records to help pay tribute or add clarity to a specific military record.
With nearly 90 million records available on Fold3, users will undoubtedly find much of the information their searching for. Users can search by keyword, name or War Collection. Collections include many of the nation’s wars including World War II, Vietnam, War of 1812 and even information regarding early Indian Wars.
Fold3 has an immense library of data so covering it all would be impossible, but some popular subjects include WWII photos, Missing Air Crew Reports from WWII, Revolutionary War Pensions, Civil War “Widows” Pensions and others. Memorial searches and pages are provided along with specific military tribute pages which include the Vietnam Wall and USS Arizona Memorial. Both are free to search and contribute to. Vietnam memorial contributers can leave a story or add photographs for anyone etched on the wall. In addition, Fold3 gives anecdotal information about the wall including misspellings, duplicates and average age of those on the wall.
Fold3 provides a wealth of information for free. Those wishing to contribute or acknowledge family relationship to a record can sign-up for a Fold3 account. For in depth article and record searching, Fold3 offers unlimited access to records through an all-access membership which comes with a 7-day free trial. If you’re searching for specific military information or are just a history buff, check out Fold3 and their huge archive of records.
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